Afton Trail Run Volunteer Email 4 2016

Date: Wednesday June 25th, 2017
Subject: Afton Trail Run Volunteer Email 4 2017 (Late Volunteers Email)

Hi All,

First off, thanks for volunteering, we really appreciate it!  Sorry for the somewhat abbreviated email here but it is race week and things are getting pretty busy! Since you just signed up to volunteer recently I just want to catch you up on a couple of things – thank you in advance for your time!

1.) Volunteer Assignments can be found HERE https://www.aftontrailrun.com/volunteer-assignments/ – be sure to search by your name as you may have been assigned more than one job – if you see an errors or anything that does not work for you, please let me know, I have been known to make a mistake from time to time!

2.) If you want to catch up on the past emails that have been sent out to volunteers you can do so HERE https://www.aftontrailrun.com/volunteer-updates/ – volunteer email 3 will be the one that is the most applicable.

Again, thank you so much for coming out and helping – great volunteer support is what makes Afton such a great event!  If you have any questions please give me a shout!

Thank You,

John Storkamp
Race Director
[email protected]

 

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Afton Trail Run
50KM & 25KM Trail Races
Afton State Park – Hastings, Minnesota
July 1st, 2017
50KM 6:30AM
25KM 7:30AM

Registration:
Opens Sunday January 1st 2017 at 12:01AM CST
Closes Friday June 23rd 2017 at 11:59PM CST
*Or once the field limit has been met
Complete Registration Details HERE

Directions to Race Start:
Afton State Park
6959 Peller Avenue South
Hastings, MN 55033
Hastings, Minnesota
Google Maps Directions HERE
Approx 25 minutes East of St. Paul, MN and 40 minutes East of Minneapolis, MN

Terrain / Course Description:
The Afton Trail Run consists of a hilly 25K loop (two loops for the 50K), winding through Afton State Park’s trail system. The race is held 100% off road, primarily on very runnable / not very technical single double and single track. There are 7 long climbs per loop, rising from the river valley and down again with a good mix of rolling and flat terrain between the hills.  Be sure to see maps, elevation charts and stats provided on this website HERE.

50KM:
2 x 15.5 mile loops =  31 miles
Elevation Gain 4,670 FT
Elevation Loss 4,670 FT
NET Elevation Change 9,340 FT
11 Aid Stations
9 hour time limit
Complete 50KM Info HERE

25KM:
1 x 15.5 mile loop = 15.5 miles
Elevation Gain 2,335 FT
Elevation Loss 2,335 FT
NET Elevation Change 4,670 FT
5 Aid Stations
8 hour time limit
Complete 25KM Info HERE

More About the Race / Area:
The Afton Trail Run is one of the most challenging and beautiful trail races around.  The race was established in 1994 and is now one of the oldest, largest and most competitive trail races in the country and routinely draws runners from all 50 states and beyond.  The race takes place entirely within the borders of Afton State Park.  Afton State Park lies on a glacial moraine, scribed with deep ravines running down to the St. Croix River.  The 169 mile St. Croix River was one of the original eight United States rivers to have significant portions placed under protection by the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968.  Within the park sandstone outcrops have been exposed in some of the ravines. The vertical drop from the blufftop to the water is 300 feet.  A few patches of remnant prairie survived the decades of farming that took place on the blufftop. Today the former fields are being restored to prairie and oak savanna. The ravines leading down to the riverbank are thickly wooded with oak, aspen, birch, and cherry.